Friday, 5 April 2013

Famous Paintings by Pablo Picasso

Famous Paintings by
Pablo Picasso.

It's hard to summarize what characterizes paintings by Pablo Picasso - his production was enormous and varied in style throughout his life. Perhaps what most signifies his artistry is Picasso's refusal to obey the rules of the establishment. Picasso's best known periods are the Blue Period, the Rose Period and the Cubist Period.

First Communion

Picasso First Communion

Year: 1895/96 Dimensions: 166x118 cm Material: Oil on canvas Movement: Academic art; Picasso's Early Years Current location: Museo Picasso, Barcelona
About the painting: Early paintings by Pablo Picasso are very realistic; he made this when he was only fourteen years old. The image shows his sister Lola receiving First Communion. The painting was displayed at an important exhibition together with paintings by the most distinguished artists in Barcelona. For anyone who has ever doubted Picasso's ability to paint realistically, this painting should be evidence enough. But Picasso was soon to free himself from academic rules.

La Vie

La Vie Picasso

Year: 1903 Dimensions:197x128 cm Material: Oil on canvas Movement: Modernism; Picasso's Blue Period Current location:Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
About the painting: The man in the painting is Picasso's close friend Casamegas, who had killed himself two years earlier. The event brought about Picasso's Blue Period. Paintings by Pablo Picasso from his Blue Period are monochrome and cold. What is going on in the picture? Is the man in the middle and the couple above him paintings from the artist's studio? The mother is holding her baby, looking at the couple in love. They are all close together, but still separated by their experience. The blue color and firm contours emphases this separation.

Garçon a la Pipe

Garcon A La Pipe Picasso

Year: 1905 Dimensions:100x81,3 cm Material: Oil on canvas Movement: Modernism; Picasso's Rose Period Current location:Private collection
About the painting: Paintings by Pablo Picasso from his Rose Period often depicts local people, many of them being from the entertainment industry. He painted Garçon a la Pipe when he was living in Montmartre in Paris. Picasso said of the boy that he loved to watch Picasso paint. In 2004 Garçon a la Pipe was sold at world record price US$104 million at Sotheby's auction in New York.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

Les Demoiselles dAvignon

Year: 1907 Dimensions:166x118 cm Material: Oil on canvas Movement:Modernism; Cubism Current location:Museum of Modern Art, New York
About the painting: This painting was the start of analytic cubism. In paintings previous to this one a change in style had begun to show; Picasso started to make sketches with broad, fast strokes. His study of native art, such as Iberian and African sculptures, greatly influenced him to take a huge step away from conventional western art. But interestingly, the woman in the middle of the painting is clearly inspired by a painting by Dominique Ingres, The Turkish Bath. Picasso let her keep her beauty and female proportions. But the two women on the right are completely distorted. Apollinaire and Georges Braques rejected the painting at first, but soon caught up with Picasso's ideas. Cubist paintings by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque became evan more komplex after Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.

Portrait of Dora Maar

Portrait of Dora Maar Picasso

Year: 1937 Dimensions: 92x65 cm Material: Oil on canvas Movement:Modernism; Picasso's Post-Cubist Period Current location:Musée Picasso, Paris
About the painting: Dora Maar was a Yugoslavian photographer and Picasso's mistress during the war years in the twenties and thirties. Picasso has depicted her both from the side and from the front at the same time, but still manages to create a completely balanced and beautiful portrait. Notice how he has put her in a small box; it expresses a feeling of confinement.


Guernica Picasso

Year: 1937 Dimensions: 349x776 cm Material: Oil on canvas Movement: Modernism; Picasso's Post-Cubist Period Current location:Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
About the painting: This is one of the most famous paintings by Pablo Picasso, and it's regarded as a national treasure in Spain. The black, grey and white image describes a horrible event in the Spanish Civil War; the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica. Civilians suffered greatly during this bombing, and Picasso's monumental painting shows terror,despair and nightmare chaos. It was commissioned by the Spanish Republican government for the Spanish display at the World Fair in Paris in 1937. At first Picasso was going to paint something entirely different, but changed his mind when he heard of the bombing. The painting is full of symbolism, for example the light bulb shaped as an evil eye (the Spanish word for light bulb is bombilla, which makes you think of the word bomb). Picasso's mistress at the time, Dora Maar, documented the creation of Guernica. After it was shown around the world it became a symbol of peace. Guernica did not return to Spain until 1981, according to Picasso's wish that it would not become Spanish property before the end of Fascism.


20 Most Famous Paintings of All Time.

20 Most Famous Paintings of All Time

While we are inundated with art day-in and day-out, there are a few special pieces that have transcended time and culture and have slated their place in art history. Below is a gallery of 20 of the most famous paintings of all time - recognizable pieces from the ages that will never be forgotten.

1. The Mona Lisa
Any list of Most Famous Paintings would be incomplete without the mention of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. This infamous portrait of Lisa del Giocondo was completed some time between 1503-1519 and currently on display at the Musee du Louvre in Paris.


2. Starry Night
Vincent van Gogh has painted countless well-known pieces; however, his painting Starry Night is widely considered to be his magnum opus. Painted in 1889, the piece was done from memory and whimsically depicts the view from his room at the sanitarium he resided in at the time.

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3. The Scream
Using oil and pastel on cardboard, Edvard Munch painted his most famous piece, The Scream, circa 1893. Featuring a ghoulish figure that looks like the host from Tales from the Crypt, the backdrop of this expressionist painting is said to be Oslo, Norway.

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4. Guernica
Inspired by the bombing of Guernica, Spain, during the Spanish Civil War, Pablo Picasso completed this most famous piece, Guernica, in 1937. This piece was originally commissioned by the Spanish government and intended to depict the suffering of war and ultimately stand as symbol for peace.

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5. The Persistence of Memory
Painted in 1931 by yet another Spanish artist, Salvador Dali's The Persistance of Memory is one of the most recognizable and individual pieces in art history. Depicting a dismal shoreline draped with melting clocks, it is thought that Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity inspired this bizarre piece.


6. Three Musicians
At first glance it might look like a collage but Pablo Picasso's famous painting, Three Musicians is actually an oil painting. Completed in 1921, he painted two very similar paintings that are mutually referred to as Three Musicians and can be found in the New York MoMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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7. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte
Using the unique technique of pointillism, creating a complete image that is made up of only distinct individual dots, the French painter Georges Seurat brings us his most famous piece A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.

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8. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Considered by some to be the "Mona Lisa of the North," this enchanting painting by the Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer, features exactly what the title infers - a Girl with a Peal Earring. Completed circa 1665, this piece can now be found in the Mauritshuis Gallery in the Hague.

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9. Whistler's Mother
Whistler's Mother is the truncated name for James McNeill Whistler's very famous portrait originally known as Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist's Mother. Painted in 1871, it's one of the few American pieces on this list - although it is owned by a Parisian museum and therefore rarely seen in the states.

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10. Portrait de L'artiste Sans Barbe
Although the title isn't very creative, Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait without Beard is certainly one of the most notable paintings of all time. While Van Gogh has painted many portraits before, this is the most notable because it's one of the few that depicts him without a beard. Additionally, having sold for $71.5 million in 1998, it is one of the most expensive paintings ever sold.

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11. The Night Watch
In its native Dutch tongue, De Nachtwacht is most popularly referred to in modern culture as The Night Watch. Using oil on canvas, Rembrandt (van Rijn) was commissioned by a militia captain and his 17 militia guards in 1642 to paint their company, in an effort to show off for the French Queen that would be visiting.

IMG SOURCE: Rijks Museum

12. The Kiss
Easily touted as Gustav Klimt's most famous painting, The Kiss is a realistic yet geometric depiction of a kissing couple, completed in 1908 in Vienna, Austria. What makes this piece different than the other oil paintings on the list is that it also incorporates gold leaf on canvas (in addition to oils).

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13. Water Lilies
French painter Claude Monet painted a series of 250 pieces known as Water Lilies between 1840 and 1926 - it's exactly what it sounds like, 250 paintings depicting a water lily pond from his backyard. While this might not be one individual painting, considering the collection is spread amongst the most renowned galleries of the world, the series is a deserving installment on this list.


14. The Flower Carrier
Known in its native tongue as "Cargador de Flores," The Flower Carrier was painted by Diego Rivera in 1935. Widely considered to be the greatest Mexican painter of the twentieth century, Rivera was known for his simple paintings dominated by their bright colors and The Flower Carrier is no exception.

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15. American Gothic
Marking the list as another iconic piece in American art, American Gothic, painted by Grant Wood in 1930 is a dry depiction of a farmer and his Plain-Jane daughter - The Great Depression personified.

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16. Cafe Terrace at Night
Never one for flashy titles, Cafe Terrace at Night (1888) by the ever-prolific Vincent Van Gogh, is one of the most individual depictions of such a mundane setting. Though Van Gogh never signed this piece, he references his famous Cafe masterpiece in many personal documents.

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17. The Son of Man
The most current piece of all on this list, painted in 1964, is Rene Magrittees The Son of Man. Although it is a self-portrait, his face is largely covered by a floating green apple and contributes to his series of paintings known as the The Great War on Facades.

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18. No. 5, 1948
Another of the more current pieces, painted by Jackson Pollock in 1948, the impersonally titled No. 5, 1948, though chaotic, is a signature piece of art nonetheless and a revealing insight to the turmoil that was swirling within Pollock.


19. Bal du moulin de la Galette
While the imagery in this painting might not be the most immediately recognizable, having sold for $78.1 million (adjusted price of $127.4 million), French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoires Bal du Moulin de la Galette is one of the most expensive paintings of all time and therefore, one of the most famous.


20. Dogs Playing Poker
Commissioned by Brown & Begelow Cigars in 1903, American painter C.M. Coolidge painted 16 unforgettable images of Dogs Playing Poker for the brand. Spoofed many times in greeting cards and in popular culture, this series of dogs playing cards around a table is widely recognizable and truly iconic.



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